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Citibank Gets Hacked - Approx. 200,000 Accounts Affected
Black hat hackers are running wild this summer. Looks like it's becoming more and more difficult to stay secure online these days.
HONG KONG – Citigroup Inc. said Thursday that hackers accessed the credit card information of North American customers, in an online security breach affecting about 200,000 accounts.
The bank said it recently discovered during routine monitoring that account information for about 1 percent of customers was viewed.
Citi has more than 21 million credit card customers in North America, according to its 2010 annual report. The New York-based bank didn't say exactly how many accounts were breached.
The hackers were able to gain access to Citi's Account Online service to view customer names, their account numbers and contact information including email addresses.
They weren't able to gain access to social security numbers, birth dates, card expiry dates or card security codes.